Seraphine
45
Rwanda
Basket Weaver
Married
7 children

Seraphine, 45, has experienced many of the benefits that arise from earning an income through weaving baskets and taking responsibility for one’s profession. As a cooperative leader Seraphine is a respected member of the community. Growing up in the Gitarama area, Seraphine lost her father when she was 7. Although her family managed to get by for a few years, she was forced to leave school during her third year and learn the art of weaving from her older sister to help with family costs. In 1990, Seraphine married her husband and over the course of 18 years had 7 children, making it necessary for her to work in order to provide for all of them. Although it took many years for her to find a company that utilized fair and equitable treatment of weavers, while also providing a consistent market for the products, she was able to make a living by weaving and eventually came to All Across Africa in 2011. After just a few months of working with All Across Africa, Seraphine was able to take out a loan to build a new house for her and her family. She now lives in a beautiful home with two cows, five goats, and chickens. She is able to send all seven of her children to school, and provide food and clothing for the family. Weaving baskets provides her with a steady income that consequently allows her to experience an equality in her marriage that is uncommon in rural Rwanda. She shares everything with her husband, and decisions are made together with both incomes contributing. For Seraphine, basket weaving with All Across Africa has opened up a world of possibilities both for her and her children, who will benefit from the education and proper care that they are now able to receive. Seraphine dreams of becoming a professional businesswoman and she remains hopeful for her future.